I am a bit wary offering advice about where to fish this
coming weekend, as my predictions have been a bit wide of the
So this week I will offer advice with the caveat that it
depends if the weather remains settled and at the moment that
is what the weather man is predicting.
Most of the smaller streams are down to a fishable level and
are continuing to drop. The picks so far are the Waipahi and
Waiwera to the south and the Shag and Deep Stream to the
One or two cold nights have kept morning water temperatures
low but they have risen enough to encourage fish action in
the afternoons. Even if the weather does not behave, there
are plenty of stillwater options with all the Maniototo dams
At this time of year, sedges start to hatch in the evenings,
opening up the possibility of a rise as the light starts to
fade. The lower Taieri can fish well in the evenings at this
time of year and is worth a try - this is when some of the
bigger fish come out to feed.
After a good opening day on the Mataura, I am keen to get
back for another go.
The Waipahi Gold Medal was fished last Saturday, in atrocious
conditions. It was not as bad as last year's 15cm of snow,
but we did have hail, snow and rain showers, as well as
The water was reasonably clear enough to see the bottom in
close to a depth of 1m. It rose a little during the day and
then began to fall.
I had my first fish in the net within half an hour of the
8.30am starting time and not long after caught my first
takeable fish. Then nothing, followed by quite a bit more
There were sedges skittering about at one stage, but the
trout were not interested. At 3pm there were a few duns on
the water but still no interest shown by the trout.
Then came a flurry of activity from the trout and, fishing a
nymph blind, I landed three, only one of which was takeable.
The remainder of the afternoon was filled with more nothing.
Back for the weigh-in at Dave Linklater's woolshed there was
little excitement as we hardy (or was that foolhardy) anglers
I am sure there would have been a little excitement from Jeff
Hansen when he weighed in five fish weighing 5.94kg from beat
In second place was Steve McGuire with four fish weighing
3.56kg from beat 18. Third was Bruce McGavin with three fish
for 3.12kg from beat 24. Tony Calder weighed in the biggest
fish of 1.74kg, as well as falling in.
There were 25 fish weighed in by 13 of the 36 competitors and
the average weight was 1kg.
Not the most memorable of Waipahi Medals - except for the
medallists, of course.